insert vs. dump truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jbroderman, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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    Get a 6.0 and bulletproof it. You can pick 'em up on the cheap. This '05 F-550 only $13k.

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  2. jbroderman

    jbroderman LawnSite Member
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    how much is it to bulletproof it?
     
  3. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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    $4-$5k depending on where you take it.
     
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you can work on gas engines you should buy gas ford v10 is a great engine.
    Diesel engines or high maintenance engines parts are very expensive injectors alone can run 2k for a set of eight.
     
  5. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
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    At this point if I were to buy a used truck I'd try to find a pre DPF FILTER diesel and definitely pre diesel fluid truck. Otherwise it would be gas.
    At least until the cost of the emission diesels start to flatten and resume getting better fuel mileage.
    One thing I'll never under stand is I had a 2000 7.3 f 550 it got 12-14 mile a gallon then traded it for a 08 and it got 6-8 mile per gallon. How is dropping the emissions by half helping if you use twice as much fuel?
     
  6. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    BC they were using the fuel to get the emissions cleaner, the truck would just keep dumping fuel into the engine
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  7. Ethanslawn

    Ethanslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    i would consider it on a daily business plan. What i mean is are you able to afford using everyday or do you have a use for it everyday? If it aint running it aint making money. Also do you have a future use for it? For example i roughly do 35 weekly mows and 40 mows all together, but i have acquired more and more landscaping work. Right now i have a 2500hd with an insert and its great for mowing but not so much for mowing ): with that being said i am looking for an older chevy or ford dump (1ton 4x4) "keep it simple stupid", what i mean is stick with what you know. I prefer gas over diesel, easier and parts are cheaper. Also buy something you can afford and make your investment back on.
     
  8. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Jdglandscape, what I ment was if you use twice as much fuel to do the same amount of work as an old truck what have you really accomplished? Truck a uses 8 gals of fuel to go 102 miles nut puts out 100% pollution truck B uses 16gallons to go the same 102 miles but it puts out 50% pollution.
    If you ask me you haven't you used double the fuel so truck be has put out just as much pollution as truck a and has used twice the amount of fuel as truck A.
    Now how is that saving the environment or saving our natural resources?
     
  9. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    Be sure to think of the GVWR of your trailer, F550 sized truck could put you in CDL range.
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